Apollo baseball represents at RBI World Series
Apollo baseball represents at RBI World Series

During the week of August 5 – August 10, six current and former Apollo baseball players competed in the RBI World Series in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) was founded in 1989 in South Central Los Angeles by former Major Leaguer John Young.  RBI, sponsored by Major League Baseball, is a program designed to promote the game of baseball to teenage boys and girls in disadvantaged areas. Each August, Major League Baseball sponsors the RBI World Series. Winners of the eight regional RBI tournaments meet for the chance to win championships in one of three divisions: the junior boys (13-15 year olds), senior boys (16-18 year olds), and (16-18 year olds) or girls softball (15-18 year olds).  Minneapolis hosted this year’s RBI World and two teams from Arizona participated in this year’s World Series. 

The Arizona junior team played teams from Uganda, Houston, Philadelphia, Detroit, and Tampa Bay.  The team went 2-2-1 before losing a 9-8 semifinal game to Tampa Bay, the eventual champion.  Apollo was well represented with sophomores Alex Nieblas, Leon Carrancho, and Victor Flores playing vital roles in the team’s success.  The Arizona senior team played teams from Austin, Chicago, Atlanta, and Philadelphia.  The team went 3-2 before losing in the finals to Chicago 7-4.  Apollo had junior Chuvy Rivera and 2018 graduate Jesus Moreno playing important roles in the team’s success.

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